Norwich: Taser Used After Robbery

17 September 2013, 00:00

A man has been tasered by police in Norwich after a knife-point robbery at a building society.

A 42-year-old man is being questioned after being arrested in connection with the armed robbery.

Officers were called to the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society in Plumstead Road at about 4.50pm on Monday afternoon following reports of a robbery in progress.

A customer, who had been inside the bank when the robber entered, managed to leave to raise the alarm and dialled 999.

Staff were threatened by the suspect who demanded money while holding a small knife. The robber got away with a quantity of cash before fleeing the scene on foot.

Police were immediately deployed with teams sent to the scene and surrounding area to search for the suspect.

A man seen acting suspiciously in gardens in Dugard Road was detained by officers at 5.50pm and arrested in connection with the incident. A Taser was discharged during the arrest.

Detective Sergeant Tom Smith, from Norwich CID, said: "Fortunately no one was injured during the incident although staff have understandably been left shaken by this afternoon's events.

"The prompt call from the bank customer meant we were able to dispatch officers to the scene immediately with details on the man's description which ultimately led to the swift arrest of the suspect.

"We're still keen to hear from any witnesses and I would urge people who may have been in the area at the time to come forward."

Witnesses should contact Norwich CID on 101.